The Year of the Nail (2007)
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Critic Reviews for The Year of the Nail
The major enjoyment of the film comes not from the experiment but its gentle meditations on belonging, loneliness, family, love and the nature of cultural, sexual and emotional boundaries. In addition, curiously, it's beautifully acted.
There are moments of self-indulgence but, overall, Cuarón Sr. should be proud.
A charming and intimate photo album of the imagination in which time and memory, though up to all their usual tricks, still offer snapshots of a singular truth.
The way that thoughts and images slip and slide over each other is inspired. If only the characters were slightly less emotionally monosyllabic.
The cardinal sin of this kind of movie, however, is to be boring. Cuarón Jr does not commit it.
Audience Reviews for The Year of the Nail
A unique film, unlike any other this viewer has seen. The entire story is told with black and white still photographs and voice-over dialog. This was captivating as it told the story of a young, horny, fourteen year-old Mexican boy and the college-age Gringa that he becomes infatuated with over the course of a few months. The relationship that develops remains platonic, but only because neither truly knows what the other is thinking. At times it felt like a commentary on the cultural divide between two people from different backgrounds, and at other times it felt more like a straightforward coming of age tale. But it always kept the viewer's interest.
The second the narration starts, you just completely forget you are watching still photographs for 70+ minutes. The story is so extremely simple, but executed with such lovely, funny, sweet and touching characters that you can't help but fall in love; it was a will-they-or-won't-they anxiety I was very happy to be going through. I can't describe the movie anything better than pure enjoyment all the way through.
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